Calgary City Council has a spending problem, so much so that a 2015 Toyota Prius worth $208,039.55 was a priority in 2015. Was it gold plated, and did it come with a chauffeur? Either this is the real cost of the car, the city missed that they were overcharged, or they spent that much on it knowingly.
I’ve followed up on this big line item and I’ll update you as soon as I know what the deal is. I want to know who this car was for and whether our government is overspending this kind of taxpayer money while Calgarians are out of work and facing the worst economic downturn in decades.
Watch as I share some of the other details found in city contracts from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
Mayor Nenshi ran on the idea that he would be thrifty with Calgarians’ money, but check out some of the other items purchased.
At a time when private sector workers are being laid off and clawing for their jobs, city council is approving gym construction, shower renovations and furniture for city employee work spaces that cost taxpayers over half a million dollars.
Public and other art including graphic design, were big priorities that cost over $1 million in total. The city spent almost $3 million on decorative lights, and social media management cost over $60,000 – more than some people’s yearly salary!
It seems we can never scrutinize government spending without coming across items that are more for the benefit of the government than for its people. There’s government overspending and then there’s government greed.
These documents help explain why Calgary’s mayor has earned the nickname “Spendshi.”